PARSIPPANY, N.J. - Tax preparer Jackson Hewitt Inc. will give income tax filers the option of getting their federal tax refunds on a stored-value Jackson Hewitt MasterCard that can be redeemed for cash at automated teller machines or used at merchants that accept MasterCard.

The company offers another card option to filers who wish to take out a loan against their anticipated refunds. They can get their money a few weeks earlier on a Western Union card, which can be used at ATMs, or to make purchases at MAC and STAR point of sale terminals, or to obtain or transfer cash at Western Union agencies.

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